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Wind or Current?
December 7, 2015
The battle for the soup bowl continued on Saturday in the 45th edition of Golden Gate Yacht Club's Manuel Fagundes Seaweed Soup Regatta in what could best be described as a wind prognosticator's nightmare…
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Berkeley Midwinters Begin
November 16, 2015
"Pleasant and lovely!" "A whole lot of fun!" These are just a couple of the comments heard at the Berkeley Yacht Club bar after Saturday's Midwinter race.
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Sportboat Invitational
October 16, 2015
Two days of nice, windy, decently civilized racing in the East Bay was fun for locals and mildly discomforting to lake sailors. Read on…

Juniors at Richmond YC
October 12, 2015
Richmond Yacht Club started up its 2015-2016 Winter Junior Program on October 4. It’s a generational thing. Read on…

Drake's Bay Race
August 27, 2015
The OYRA/SSS Drake's Bay Race on August 22-23 was exhausting, slow, and exciting. I was a very tired old sailor by the time I arrived home. The sailing was slow, but… Read on…

Drake's Bay Race Wildlife
August 27, 2015
The Gulf of the Farallones is alive with sea life of various sorts and they put on a show for us while we were sailing and while we were anchored in Drake's Bay. It continued even when… Read on…

ZYC Singlehanded Challenge
August 20, 2015
This was a truly fun day on the water, with a great group of singlehanders, none of whom took themselves too seriously for… Read on…

OYRA Duxbury-Lightship
July 30, 2015
This year's OYRA DuxShip Race was nearly picture perfect. The race started out with a nice westerly wind coupled with a light ebb to flush… Read on…

Farewell to Tom Baffico
July 27, 2015
We're sorry to report on the death of a second local sailor in as many weeks. Read on…

The Westpoint Regatta: the Fun Race to Sequoia YC
July 26, 2015
We heard the Star Spangled Banner coming from AT&T Park in the marina Saturday morning on race day and it was like our regatta was the big league sporting event.

Farewell to Gary Sadamori
July 22, 2015
Bay Area sailor Gary Sadamori passed away from heart failure on July 12 at home in San Francisco. Read on…

Beer Can Racing in the Tropics (of SF Bay)
July 21, 2015
Every Wednesday night is sacred to the crews of thirty or so boats that enjoy racing in the 75-degree waters of the South Bay. Despite rumors of keel grabbing mud monsters below the San Mateo Bridge…
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Moseley Regatta
July 20, 2015
The weather forecast was perfect, and all the signs were good for a great regatta.
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One Way to Half Moon Bay — and Back
July 8, 2015
I've sailed dozens of these races over the years and usually they're a run with the prevailing wind coming out of the northwest, pushing boats down the coast with colorful spinnakers blossoming. Every few years it's different; this year's OYRA race was one of those. Read on…

The End of Spring in Sausalito
June 25, 2015
The 2015 Sausalito Yacht Club Spring Sunset Series ended on Tuesday with a delightful romp from Pt. Knox to… Read on…

Can Dorade Repeat Transatlantic Win?
June 18, 2015
In ten days, the legendary ocean racing yacht Dorade will attempt to repeat her first significant victory when she starts on the… Read on…

Delta Ditch Run Aboard Capricorn
June 7, 2015
This was a very physically and mentally demanding race
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Great Vallejo YRA Opener — One Boat's Report
May 9, 2015
The plan was to start at the committee boat, but the current Saturday morning wasn't in the plan apparently. We found ourselves down-line and behind when… Read on…

The Sunday Edition
May 9, 2015
It was clear that Sunday's race back down San Pablo Bay to the finish line near the east end of the Richmond Bridge was going to be a different animal than Saturday's sunny run up… Read on…

Sausalito Sunset Series
April 30, 2015
Depending on which wind forecast Sausalito Yacht Club's Spring Sunset racers consulted, they found predictions of wind between 6 and 30 knots for April 28's first Tuesday night race. Instead, they found… Read on…

OYRA Washing Machine
April 28, 2015
The 42 boats starting hurtled toward the Golden Gate Bridge, with most passing under the span in less than 15 minutes. Almost everyone stayed on the conveyor belt in the middle as they passed Land's End and sailed into the washing machine awaiting them beyond… Read on…

SSS Round the Rocks
April 20, 2015
Ninety-seven boats started in the Singlehanded Sailing Society's Round the Rocks Race on Saturday. That's 19 more boats than last year, and as the overall numbers for racing on the Bay have been going down, the SSS continues to gain boats in all of its races. The reason… Read on…

Summer Idyll
April 20, 2015
The wind was back – sort of – for Sequoia Yacht Club's Summer Series Race #1… Read on…

Doublehanded Lightship
April 13, 2015
Island Yacht Club's Doublehanded Lightship Race was 'light' in both entries and early wind. But the competition made up for the low number of boats, and the wind arrived to make it a wonderful romp across the Gulf of the Farallones to the… Read on…

Bullship Regatta
April 6, 2015
Once a year the 8-ft El Toros get to stretch their legs in a dash across the Golden Gate from Sausalito to San Francisco. The 62nd running of the Bullship drew 22 boats… Read on…

Kind of Blue SSS Corinthian Race
March 23, 2015
'Kind of blue' describes the Singlehanded Sailing Society's Corinthian Race held on Saturday. Not for sadness, but for the feeling of the semi-blue skies just before the rain and the mixed conditions of calm and wind throughout… Read on…

StFYC Spring One Design
March 18, 2015
The unsteady breeze kept all fleets alert as fresh crew shook off the cobwebs and fresh sets of sails took on their first tacks and douses… Read on…

StFYC Spring Dinghy
March 16, 2015
Conditions allowed for a full six-race regatta, showcasing tight competition in five fleets: Club 420s, Laser Radials, Laser Standards, 5o5s and Wetas
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Big Daddy Regatta
March 9, 2015
At Richmond Yacht Club's Big Daddy Regatta over the weekend the smiles on racers' faces reflected the good vibes and warm weather sailing that we are getting used to this winter… Read on…

Sail a Small Boat Day
March 6, 2015
We were afraid that it might rain on the parade. Not literally a parade, Sail a Small Boat Day is more of a cavalcade (again not literally) of
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They're All Winners
March 2, 2015
It was another fabulous day on Sunday, March 1, on the Berkeley Circle. There was a light and almost steady wind from the northwest and sunshine with… Read on…

Sailing by the Heel
February 19, 2015
Sailing by the heel is especially effective downwind. In light wind and chop it’s difficult to get the boat moving fast. When conditions are windy and choppy… Read on…

Valentines in Berkeley
February 16, 2015
The water was flat / The sky was blue / The breeze was delightful… Read on…

Seaweed Soup #4
February 8, 2015
Many spinnakers blossomed on the first leg while other boats stuck with white sails in what became a series of running and reaching segments into the building… Read on…

A Fiasco Log
February 5, 2015
Isn't that how it is at the end of January each year? Last minute decisions about which way to go and who to follow, followed shortly by second thoughts because going that direction begins to look… Read on…

Three Bridge Fiasco in Pictures
February 2, 2015
A teaser…

Three Bridge Fiasco on Siento el Viento
February 2, 2015
…That gave us the initial strategy to go for Red Rock first and then let the wind decide whether we should… Read on…

An Evil Little Game
January 29, 2015
"Which way are you going?" she asked. His answer was calm but predictable and confirmed the confusion in the room. "I have no idea, but…" Read on…

Patience or Stubbornness?
January 12, 2015
Whatever it’s called as practiced by the Berkeley Yacht Club Race Committee, it allowed BYC to complete a race each day of the third weekend of the… Read on…

Small Boat Midwinters #2
January 5, 2015
The second Sunday of the Richmond Yacht Club Small Boat Midwinters saw steel-gray sunshine and bipolar wind conditions for the three courses set out in the Richmond Riviera. Read on…

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